Today’s wine is courtesy of the Eguren family of Sierra Cantabria and is creating similar ripples throughout the Spanish wine industry, despite not being in Rioja. Their wines, as Josh Raynolds says, are “some of Toro’s most intense, deeply flavored wines.”
I was lucky enough to taste through a lineup of six wines recently from the Egurens, each one flawlessly built. But without a doubt, the best value in the bunch is today’s 2018 ‘Romanico’ from Teso la Monja.
It’s a really, really strong wine that soars in quality way above its modest price tag. This is why Toros demand your attention. Vinous called it, “silky” with “strong energy” in their 92-point review. Suckling gave it a 91 and added, “harmony and some freshness with citrus undertones.”
This is a 92-point Spanish supernova with four 90+ scores that absolutely shines at the price.
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92 Points, Vinous Media
Brilliant violet. Fresh black and blue fruits, vanilla, allspice and a hint of cola on the perfumed nose, complemented by a floral nuance. Silky and appealingly sweet, offering juicy boysenberry and cherry compote flavors and a spicy touch of white pepper. Shows strong energy on the gently tannic finish, which leaves lavender and spicecake notes behind.
91 Points, James Suckling
Plum and berry aromas with chocolate and lavender follow through to a medium to full body, round tannins and a fruity finish. Shows harmony and some freshness with citrus undertones.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
A year-in, year-out great value, the 2018 Romanico is all Tinta de Toro brought up in used French oak. This charming, fruit-forward, yet surprisingly elegant red has lots of spicy red and black fruits, peppery herb, and graphite aromatics to go with medium-bodied richness on the palate.